Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Building a Statement of Faith

Have any of you readers ever been involved in writing a statement of faith? Maybe for a church or association? If so, how did you do it? If not, how would you write a statement of faith if you were to write one for a church or association?

Would you prefer less or more? Would it be minutely detailed or briefly succinct? Lots of articles (e.g. 20 to 30) or fewer articles (e.g. 8 to 12)?

Would it be inclusive or exclusive? Would you try to include as many variations as possible or exclude all but those in tight-knit agreement?

Would it be historic or unique? Would you try to incorporate or follow historic Baptist confessions as much as possible or would you work independently of them?

Would it be "theological" or "biblical"? (That is) would you use theological terms and explanations such as "Trinity", or would you use biblical wording such as "these three are one".

Would it be logical, chronological, or otherwise? Would you follow God's revelation in chronological order, or a logical order of what you feel one needs to know first, second, third,...?

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